UK airports to face major disruptions this Christmas

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Multiple strikes organized by Border Forces Workers threaten to disrupt travel this holiday season  

Several major British airports including Heathrow will face major difficulty, after a strike call for eight days during December by the Border Forces workers. According to a report by Reuters on Wednesday, December 7, the strike comes due to a dispute over pay.  

A statement by Mark Serwotka, union’s general secretary in the article said, “Those people will lose pay when they go on strike, they do it as a last resort and the job of the union is to ensure that the action that we call is noticed”. He also added, “Around 2,000-3,000 staff would be involved in the walkouts on every day but one between Dec 23-31”, the report states.  

Staff employed by Britain’s interior ministry in passport booths would take action at London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports along with a handful of regional one, said the PCS trade union in a the report. The Port of Newhaven will also face disruptions.  

Meanwhile Robert Jenrick , Britain’s Immigration Minister in statement was cited in the article saying, the decision would ruin the plans of thousands of families and businesses. “It was unjustifiable”, he said, adding, “While we are working closely with all UK ports and airports and have robust plans in place to minimize any delays if strike action goes ahead, passengers should be prepared for their plans to be severely disrupted”.  

According to experts in the report, over 2 million people are expected to arrive in approximately 10,000 flights at the affected airports from December 23 until 31.

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